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In Stan Paher's original edition of NEVADA GHOST TOWNS & MINING CAMPS, there is a photo that he took of the main downtown portion. Since he published the book in 1970, I assume the photo was taken sometime during the late 1960s. There are several structures visible in the image, including two prominent cabins.

The scene contains a normal growth of fairly dense sagebrush and one juniper tree is visible. Standing in Seven Troughs last Saturday, the sagebrush is fairly small and growth sparce and open, and there is no juniper in the townsite (although the upper slopes have an open forest of juniper).

While standing in Seven Troughs locating the position that the historic photos were taken, my buddy and I were comparing Paher's photo with today, focusing on sagebrush growth. My hunch is that the townsite was visited by wildfire, probably in the 1980s or early 1990s, based upon my observation of the sagebrush; which would have eliminated any flammable materials.

 

That makes sense Dave. I would have loved to see it with a few building left standing.

 

Excellent photos of Tunnel Camp, I really liked the area. Good to see it looks the same as when we visited. :beer:

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This is the only image I took in Vernon. But then again, it's the only thing to be found in Vernon. I did spy a couple of foundations when leaving, but by then time was fading fast and we wanted to get to Seven Troughs ASAP.

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I believe this was originally a jail building, which was blown up by some local youth some years back.

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From Vernon, we head due north up into the Seven Troughs Range, our goal to drop into Seven Troughs from the southwest and above the old camp in the upper part of Seven Troughs Canyon. Some of the scenes along the way.

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Looking into the shaft of the Portland Mine. This mine is shown on the U.S.G.S. topo maps.

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A collapsed structure at one of the many tailings piles found along the route.

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Very near the Fairview Mine, also marked on the topo maps. The mine lived up to its name, as the view over the Sage Valley southward was only fair. But the view into the Seven Troughs Peak region was nice.

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This group of antelope watched us for a while, perhaps plotting what to do with these certain two intruders in their rolling tin cans that made noise as they crept higher into the Seven Troughs Range.

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Perhaps the Fairview Mine might have been called Great View Mine if it had been placed here. But there were other mines nearby near the top of the ridge that separated us from Seven Troughs Canyon, just a short distance away.

The scene from the top of the range was shown earlier in this thread, so no sense repeating it here.

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Did they ever complete the tunnel at Tunnel Camp? I can't remember the story if they completed it or not. Did you happen to find the tunnel? From what I remember, they were supposed to make a tunnel from Tunnel Camp to Seven Troughs? At least I think I remember reading that. :waitasec:

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What a gorgeous location! 

 

Bob, the tunnel was never completed. They only managed to dig about two miles of it underground.

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As per Stan Paher's original NEVADA GHOST TOWNS & MINING CAMPS, chapter on Pershing County, under heading TUNNEL or New Seven Troughs:

"Hopeful Canadians and Americans organized the Nevada State Mining Co. in 1927 to build a 100-ton cyanide mill and drive a tunnel into rock workings of the old Seven Troughs mines. The tunnel was to eliminate the drainage and haulage problems that overwhelmed its predecessor. the Seven Troughs Coalition Mining Co. in 1917-18. ... The 2 1/4 mile-long tunnel cut into several promising gold veins, but when wet ground was encountered costs soared and all work ceased in 1934. Some mining was performed later in the decade and again in the 1950s."

If you look at the top photo in my string of images of Tunnel Camp, you can see a portion of the sizeable tailings to the left; which I believe eminate from the tunnel. In the second from bottom photo, that image was taken standing at the leading edge of the tailings looking east at the camp. The U.S.G.S. topo map shows an adit at about the point that the tailings start. I didn't really investigate, but I did find a collapsed adit nearby. Around the adit on the adjacent hillsides were many visible rotted pieces of lumber, indicating some sort of complex and numerous structures.

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This map shows my path taken around Tunnel Camp site, as recorded by my GPS hand held (Garmin eTrex basic), which was clipped to my watch band. The tunnel and tailings are at the left side of my tracks, that little blip north is where I checked out and found the collapsed adit, which may or may not have been the primary tunnelling attempt to tap the old Seven Troughs mines.

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Excellent info Dave, when I was there I didn't see any tunnel so I figured they might have sealed it. It would be interesting to find the original Tunnel Camp tunnel.

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The next segment in my trip report will be from the summit above Vernon, down into Seven Troughs Canyon and the ghost town of Seven Troughs.

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From our perch at the saddle threshold of Seven Troughs Canyon, we look down onto the western end of Seven Troughs; and also along the eastern side of the Seven Troughs Range as it progresses northward.

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Following my buddy down into Seven Troughs Canyon.

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Looking down onto Seven Troughs; also eastward to the Humboldt Range in the distance. The main townsite sat on the near side of the canyon bottom, in the right center of the photo. In a few minutes, we would be above the tailings piles in the center of the photo, across the canyon bottom, trying to duplicate a historic image for a then and now comparison.

I didn't take many photos in Seven Troughs, my energies and time directed at duplicating historical images of the community. Since they were already presented earlier in this thread, I'll highlight a couple of other shots.

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This excavation in the earth is actually the center and rear half of the Seven Troughs Hotel, prominently featured in one of the historical photos. Since the terrain is steep, the length of the hotel required earthwork to allow the long and relatively narrow hotel to nestle into the earth. Several other cuts in the canyon slope are also evident and held the hotel's neighbors.

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Stone foundations of the Kindergarten Mill, seen in historical photos of Seven Troughs. This mill was built in 1911.

That is all for the Seven Troughs portion of this thread.

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Next, we very briefly visit the site of Mazuma; as originally mentioned in the first post of this thread, we were an hour past the time we had promised our wives we would check in with them and there was no cellular signal anywhere in this region.

On the way down Seven Troughs Canyon, and very near the site of Mazuma, we got a glimpse of a decendant of Mazuma's deadly flashflood of 1912, as just before entering the townsite, the road was lost. It took a minute or two of reconnoitering to find where the few other visitors had bypassed the original road onto the south bank for a short distance before coming back to the original road where it had exited the canyon bottom.

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We stopped here for maybe three minutes. I had studied the historic shot of Mazuma's mill and recognized the hillside features, but realized that we had passed by. So I took the shot above. I had hoped that I maybe captured some of the original features of Mazuma pre-1912 flood, but didn't have high hopes. But I could plainly see rock work and excavations.

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A historical shot of the mill area of Mazuma, as found in Stan Paher's NEVADA GHOST TOWNS & MINING CAMPS.

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Now look at the same image again and find a few prominent details ...

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... and you will see them clearly in my quick capture of the same area.

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Next, I panned my camera to the east, thinking I would then capture the main town center. However, later at home and comparing historical photos, the view slightly north of west takes in probably the easternmost section of town and beyond.

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Comparing later the historical photo overlooking much of Mazuma (also found in Stan Paher's book), I find that we had already passed through town when we stopped. We may have actually been about where the road is plainly visible just above center, right above the end of the row of buildings on the right side of the main street.

This ends our all too brief visit to Mazuma.

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Now, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, "stay tuned for the rest of the story".

Well, it wasn't much. A quick run back to Lovelock. In the bottom of Sage Valley, I spotted an antelope making haste at high speed across the road.

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We didn't even stop to air up our tires. We started getting a cell signal just south of Trinity Summit. My phone suddenly woke up and started chirping out a series of tones indicating that I had multiple texts. About the same time, Gordon called out over the radio that he now had a cell signal.

We drove into Lovelock and tried to decide enroute where we wanted to eat. At first the Pizza Factory looked good, and we discussed over the air if we wanted pizza. But we had already passed when I spotted it and Sturgeons Casino was ahead. It is situated at the north end of town and it appeared quiet, as only three or four dirty pickup trucks sat in front.

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The casino was indeed quiet and we found the place clean. We both ordered the New York steak meals. My buddy had a regular dinner. I wasn't in the mood for vegetables and a heavy potato, so found steak and eggs - with hash browns and toast - more to my liking. We both paid $9.77 for our meals and each of us added a fountain drink. We picked a booth and settled in for dinner and conversation. Each of us got large and tasty, charbroiled steaks.

After dinner and after dark, we went out front and aired up the tires on our respective rigs in the neon glow of the casino.

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After we each aired up our tires, we shook hands and departed for our individual homes northeast and southwest. I arrived home in just under an hour.

This ends my trip account.

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If you're planning a trip back out there, I'd recommend checking out Hugh Shamberger's "Story of Seven Troughs." It's got several more historic photographs, as well as some pretty informative maps. I used it on my last trip to Seven Troughs and was able to ascertain what a few remnants used to be that I wouldn't have known from Paher's book.

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Well done with the photo comparisons David.  I did the same thing (same two historic photos) on my trip but you did a better job of lining things up. Excellent!

 

Do you have a link to your photos by chance? I would love to check them out.

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Here is a rephotography set that has all the ones I've done. Most recent are at the end (bottom). Please cut and paste it as this link was producing  a player of some sort on the screen here: www.flickr.com/photos/desert4wd/sets/72157614120808725/

 

Here's a collection of most everything from this last trip... : http://www.flickr.com/photos/desert4wd/collections/72157633314720544/

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If you're planning a trip back out there, I'd recommend checking out Hugh Shamberger's "Story of Seven Troughs." It's got several more historic photographs, as well as some pretty informative maps. I used it on my last trip to Seven Troughs and was able to ascertain what a few remnants used to be that I wouldn't have known from Paher's book.

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll look for a copy of that book.

 

Well done with the photo comparisons David.  I did the same thing (same two historic photos) on my trip but you did a better job of lining things up. Excellent!

Thank you, Doug.

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Here is a rephotography set that has all the ones I've done. Most recent are at the end (bottom). Please cut and paste it as this link was producing  a player of some sort on the screen here: www.flickr.com/photos/desert4wd/sets/72157614120808725/

 

Here's a collection of most everything from this last trip... : http://www.flickr.com/photos/desert4wd/collections/72157633314720544/

 

Those are some awesome photos Doug! Weird that it was producing some kind of player, must be a built in forum flicker API.

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Thanks Bob.

Since I don't know this forum/BB to well, I wouldn't know if that "player" was common or not. It was about three inches square and did a slide show, with a timing adjustment for how long each pic would show. I've never seen anything like it, but I bet your right. Flickr changed (radically IMO) their whole scheme of doing things a few days ago and I'm still pretty clueless about it except for a few basic things.

 

Back on topic:  Thanks to asmcrazy for recommending Hugh Shamberger's book. I think I have a book or two of his, but not this one.  I will look for it :)

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His books are becoming harder and harder to find. I know I always have to borrow my copies from the Fallon library...they run for quite the pretty penny on Amazon (if they even show up!)

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I'll check the Winnemucca library some time when I'm in town and have some time to stop by. I've read one or two of his books in past years.

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